Magnum Research announced the introduction of an “ultra-compact, ultra-light” 1911 style pistol called the Desert Eagle 1911 Undercover or the DE1911U.
The new pistol will be chambered in .45 ACP and will have a 3″ bull barrel. Â The muzzle has an 11Â° crown. Â The magazines hold six rounds. Â The frame is made of aluminum and the slide is made of high carbon steel. Â The unloaded weight is 25.8 ounces. Â The gun has an overall length of 6.85″ and a height of 5″.
The guns have a number of features that many 1911 fans like: Â an extended beavertail safety, an aluminum trigger and a skeletonized hammer. Â The grips are double-diamond checkered wood.
While the 1911 platform can be very reliable in the original (full size) configurations, many manufacturers have experienced a degree of difficulty in getting compact and ultra-compact 1911-style guns to run well. Â It will be interesting to see how well Magnum Research has done with the DE1911U pistol. Â A rock-solid reliable 1911 of this size with 6+1 rounds of .45 ACP would be worth its weight in gold to many fans.
The Gallery of Guns had a chance to talk to a Magnum Research representative about the new Desert Eagle 1911U at the recent National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers exposition. Here is a video they recorded about the new gun:
MSRP will be $946 and shipping should start in January. Â We will bring you more photos and information on this gun from the SHOT Show. Â Neither Magnum Research nor parent company Kahr are listed on the exhibitor list for the Media Day at the Range. Â So, it does not look like we will get the chance to shoot one there.